Do you have some bizzare habit? They say that the line between genius and insanity is very thin. Furthermore, as you read about the eccentric habits of some of the most successful members of the human race, you will realize that this statement is absolutely true. While we cannot say with certainty that weirdness is what makes us successful, it might not be such a bad idea to let it happen.
The famous director writes his scripts by hand and then types them in a text editor. Since he has never learned to type quickly (in fact, as many other celebrities), he uses only one finger, and the lengthy process allows him to think it over again.
John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons
The founder of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was deeply into the occult, and believed in sex magic. Before each rocket launch test, the American rocket engineer, chemist, and Thelemite occultist used to sing hymns to the Greek god Pan.
The famous Spanish surrealist artist carried everywhere an inlaid snuff-box filled with … a mustache. Thus, being with his friends he had the habit of politely offering: “Maybe a mustache?”
A Scottish theater director once shared an inspirational tip: “Stay focused, listen to the music, ignore the noise, and masturbate more often!”
The American essayist eats only antique products, and will not take anything in his mouth that does not have an ancient Hebrew or ancient Greek roots. The Lebanese-American drinks only wine and coffee.
Thomas Jonathan Jackson
The Confederate general, nicknamed “The StoneWall” for his military services, had a habit of riding a horse with a raised hand. He believed that one half of his body weighed more than the other, and thus he restored the balance. Finally, the Confederate general was wounded in the lowered arm and died a few days later.
The British American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States loved to take air baths, sitting naked by an open window. He believed that fresh air warded off disease- such a strange habit.
The 92-year-old Japanese inventor has more than three thousand patents on his account. He assures that the brain needs a lack of oxygen for active work. To “turn on” his brain, an elderly Japanese man submerges under water for a long time.
The Apple founder followed a frutarian diet, and could eat only one kind of vegetable or fruit for weeks. He mistakenly believed that eating separately would help him get rid of unpleasant body odor. Chances are that the unusual diet contributed to his health problems.